The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry Quiz, Mentor Sentences, Graphic Organizer

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This file includes activities and lesson plans for the short story "The Gift of the Magi." These activities will assess comprehension, study language in context, and encourage analytical thinking.

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→ A complete lesson plan that includes standards, discussion notes, pre-reading and post-reading topics, as well as literary devices to highlight during the story discussions.

→ 10 reading questions. These questions cover main points of "The Gift of the Magi."

→ Mentor sentences - fifteen mentor sentences for identifying the parts of speech in context. Suggestions for use included

→ Differentiated graphic grganizer - study suspense and the effect the narrator brings with a differentiated graphic organizer. Two versions included. Students can identify examples of suspense and draw conclusions, OR students can derive conclusions from examples of suspense provided.

→ Quiz: check for comprehension with this ten multiple-choice questions quiz.

I usually spend about three days teaching "The Gift of the Magi." My lesson plan includes ideas for differentiating, as well as extension activities. None of the activities depend upon each other - use one or more pieces easily.

All of the pieces except the graphic organizers are in editable and non-editable files.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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